April 17, 2012
Southern California Planner Named American Planning Association President-Elect
WASHINGTON, DC — Former San Diego Planning Director Bill Anderson, FAICP, is the new President-Elect of the American Planning Association (APA), a 40,000-member organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. Anderson, currently APA's national director for Region VI, begins his new position May 29.
He will serve one year as president-elect before assuming the presidency for a two-year term starting in April 2013. He will be responsible for leading the 13-member APA Board of Directors in governing the association and setting strategic goals. APA presidents serve in a volunteer capacity.
Anderson, who joins Dorothy Walker of Berkeley as the only other Californian to be elected APA president (1979), said that during his term in office he will focus on several critical issues including advancing APA's local, state, national and international partnerships, and engaging people at the local level who are concerned about planning issues but as yet are not familiar with the planning profession.
Anderson has a long track record as a proven leader in both APA and the planning profession. Appointments with APA have included co-chair of the Sustaining Places Initiative; chair of the Diversity Task Force; chair of the Economic Development Division; member of the Legislative & Policy and Membership committees; and member of the California Planning Roundtable. He was inducted into APA's and the planning profession's most honored circle, the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), in 2006. AICP is the professional institute of APA.
During his career he has focused on the integration of planning, economic development and environmental quality. Anderson spent 23 years with Economics Research Associates, from 1983 to 2006, followed by five years as the City of San Diego's Director of City Planning and Community Investment from 2006 to 2011. Last year he joined AECOM as a Principal, Vice President and Director of Economics and Planning for US West.
Anderson received his master's degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Claremont McKenna College with coursework at the University of Copenhagen.